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Yawei Luo
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My research tools can be defined as data synthesis, ecosystem modeling and the integration of the two through data assimilation. I am interested in using these tools to study microbial ecology, biogeochemistry and climate change in the global ocean. By using these tools, I have studied marine ecosystems focusing on the roles of two microbes, the heterotrophic and diazotrophic bacteria, from cross-site comparison, temporal changes in a long-term station, to a global analysis. 


2009:  Ph.D., Brown University-MBL Graduate Program, Providence, RI, USA

2003:  M.S., Peking University, Beijing, China

2000:  B.A., Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China


Luo, Y.-W., Lima, I. D., Karl, D. M. and Doney, S.C. (2013, submitted). Data-based assessment of environmental controls on global marine nitrogen fixation, Biogeosciences Discuss., 10, 7367-7412, doi:10.5194/bgd-10-7367-2013. Link

Buitenhuis, E. T., Vogt, M., Moriarty, R., Bednaršek, N., Doney, S. C., Leblanc, K., Le Quéré, C., Luo, Y.-W., O’Brien, C., O’Brien, T., Peloquin, J., Schiebel, R. and Swan C., (2012, in review). MAREDAT: towards a World Ocean Atlas of MARine Ecosystem DATa, Earth Science System Data Discuss, 5, 1077-1106, doi:10.5194/essdd-5-1077-2012. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Ducklow, H. W., Friedrichs, M. A. M., Church, M. J., Karl, D. M. and Doney, S. C. (2012), Interannual variability of primary production and dissolved organic nitrogen storage in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 117, G03019, doi:10.1029/2011JG001830. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Doney, S. C., Anderson, L. A., Benavides, M., Berman-Frank, I., Bode, A., Bonnet, S., Boström, K. H., Böttjer, D., Capone, D. G., Carpenter, E. J., Chen, Y. L., Church, M. J., Dore, J. E., Falcón, L. I., Fernández, A., Foster, R. A., Furuya, K., Gómez, F., Gundersen, K., Hynes, A. M., Karl, D. M., Kitajima, S., Langlois, R. J., LaRoche, J., Letelier, R. M., Marañón, E., McGillicuddy Jr, D. J., Moisander, P. H., Moore, C. M., Mouriño-Carballido, B., Mulholland, M. R., Needoba, J. A., Orcutt, K. M., Poulton, A. J., Rahav, E., Raimbault, P., Rees, A. P., Riemann, L., Shiozaki, T., Subramaniam, A., Tyrrell, T., Turk-Kubo, K. A., Varela, M., Villareal, T. A., Webb, E. A., White, A. E., Wu, J., and Zehr, J. P. (2012). Database of diazotrophs in global ocean: abundance, biomass and nitrogen fixation rates. Earth System Science Data 4, 47-73, doi:10.5194/essd-4-47-2012. Link

Luo, Y.-W. (2012), Two-Decade Decrease of Particulate Phosphorus Inventory Revealed by Hawaii Ocean Time-series, Journal of Marine Science Research & Development, 2, e109, doi:10.4172/2155-9910.1000e109. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Friedrichs, M.A.M., Doney, S.C., Church, M.J. & Ducklow, H.W. (2010). Oceanic heterotrophic bacterial nutrition by semilabile DOM as revealed by data assimilative modeling. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 60: 273-287, doi:10.3354/ame01427. Link

Luo, Y.-W., (2010). A Data Assimilating Model of the Microbial Ecosystem in the Open Ocean. Ph.D. Dissertation, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. Link

Gasol, J.M., Pinhassi, J., Alonso-Sáez, L., Ducklow, H., Herndl, G.J., Koblízek, M., Labrenz, M., Luo, Y.-W., Morán, X.A.G., Reinthaler, T., Simon, M. (2008). Towards a better understanding of microbial carbon flux in the sea. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 53:21-38, doi:10.3354/ame01230. Link

Luo, Y.-W., Wang, H., and Wu, H.-D. (2006). Key questions in coastal ecosystem dynamics modeling (in Chinese), in: Frontier scientific questions in surface ocean lower atmosphere study (SOLAS), edited by: Feng, S., China Meteorological Press, Beijing, 71-77.

Luo, Y.-W., Wu, H., Zhang, Y., Sun, C., Liu, Y. (2004). Application of the HY-1 satellite to sea ice monitoring and forecasting. Acta Oceanologica Sinica 23:251-266.

Luo, Y.-W. (2003). Marine plankton ecosystem dynamics modeling of Bohai Sea (in Chinese). Master Thesis. Peking University, Beijing, China.

in preparation

Calil, P.H.R, Doney, S.C., Luo, Y.-W., Lima, I. (in prep.), Biological Relevance of Submesoscal Dynamics in the Oligotrophic Ocean.

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